Slocombe: Blackpool raise game for top teams

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Games against League Two’s better sides bring out the best of Blackpool, says number one Sam Slocombe.

The Seasiders face second-placed Doncaster at Bloomfield Road today.

Pool are 17th, just two points above the drop zone, but can look back at positive results and performances against Portsmouth, Plymouth, Carlisle and Crewe.

Keeper Slocombe said: “I feel we have performed our best against the teams who are pushing at the top end of the league and who want to play free-flowing football.

“We played Portsmouth here on the back of a frustrating result and won 3-1. Hopefully we can do that again.

“Three points would be very nice and the league table would look a lot better for it.”

Doncaster are the league’s top scorers, with 26 in 13 league games, but Slocombe isn’t fazed.

“Doncaster score a few but they also concede a few, so it’s a bit of a double-edged sword,” the former Scunthorpe and Oxford stopper said.

“The way they play is a little bit more open, so hopefully it will give us the opportunity to create some chances of our own.

“We’ve probably created as many chances as them but we’ve not taken them.

“It’s one of those games you look forward to because you know they are going to try to play football.”

The 28-year-old Slocombe insists the squad are confident of turning their fortuned around.

“We are five points off the play-offs and it’s a long old season,” he said. “If you’re within touching distance at Christmas, you can put a run together and things can change dramatically.

“We’ve got to make sure we turn these good performances into victories.”

Pool have lost only once in eight home games this season but Slocombe knows they need a win today.

He said: “We’ve got to learn to grind out results when we’re not playing well, whether that be a draw or a win.

“But when we are playing well, we’ve got to learn to take advantage of it.”